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GLOBETROTTING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
Guests take a one hour flight north from Vancouver to reach this exclusive, mountain lodge that sits beside the wild Chilko River that is the life force to this remote region of British Columbia. A family owned lodge, guests feel instantly at home with the sweet-as-maple-syrup hosts and guides, cosy log cabins, intelligent horses and breath-taking surrounds.
With the 7 night lodge riding package, no two days are the same, with thousands upon thousands of pristine Alpine forest to explore every day brings a new adventure from the back of your horse. Each season has its own X-factor from spring with the blossoming of the wild flowers that carpet the mountains and river flats to Autumn where the trees burn bright with amber and the wild salmon run. Not to forget the Grizzly Bears that roam these parts, they’re a tourist attraction in their own rite!
Throughout the riding week the rides get progressively longer to challenge riding guests and to fulfil their need for speed. Not only is the riding first class but when guests are out of the saddle they have the option to perch at the bar and sample some Canadian lager, kayak up the river for some grizzly bear spotting, soak in the hot tub on the deck or try their hand at fly fishing.
The photo opportunities are some of the best in the world, amidst rugged glaciers, mountain meadows, alpine flowers, crystal clear lakes, streams and wildlife. The vistas and settings are too beautiful to put into words.
This is a sacred part of the world that must be put on your globetrotting bucket list.
time in saddle: 4 to 6 hours lodge riding and pack trip with a 1 hour lunch break. Lunch is packed each morning and carried in saddlebags with the rider.
breed of horses: Mixture of many different breeds from Quarter Horse, Arab, Appaloosa, Paint, Draft and Thoroughbred.
pace: Lodge riding – walk, trot, canter. Pack trip – walk (some cantering).
riding ability: Lodge riding – intermediate to advanced. Pack trip – intermediate.
weight limit: maximum weight is 90kg (200 lbs) *please contact us for a further assessment if you are over this weight
accommodation: Lodge accommodation consists of cosy log cabins with ensuites and maid service daily. Packhorse trip tents & comfortable sleeping mat
seasons: Lodge Riding: Spring (June), Summer (July, August), Fall (September, October) Pack Trips: Summer (July, August)
group size: Lodge riding – 2 to 10 riders. Pack trip – minimum of 4, maximum of 10. *custom dates for group bookings available.
2018 departure dates:
Pack trips for 2018: July 15 to 22 – Potato Range; July 22 to 29 – Goat Camp; July 29 to August 5 – Potato Range; August 5 to 12 – Goat Camp
Lodge riding: All trips are from Sunday to Sunday starting June 17, 2018 and ending October 14, 2018.
TWO globetrotters booked on the 7-night lodge ride departing July 1 to 8, 2018.
THREE globetrotters booked on the 7-night lodge ride departing August 5 to 12, 2018.
ONE globetrotter booked on the 7-night lodge ride departing September 16 to 23, 2018.
TWO globetrotters booked on the 7-night lodge ride departing September 30 to October 7, 2018.
**Bear viewing season is from late August to early October.
2018 ride prices:
7 night lodge riding package $3275 USD per person twin share
7 night mountain pack trip $2865 USD per person twin share
14 night Lodge & mountain pack trip $6140 USD per person twin share
*Price includes round-trip regional flight from Vancouver to Chilko Lake, all meals (wine with dinner), accommodation, riding and a 2.5% GST tax.
*Price excludes international flights, travel insurance, staff tips, beverages from the bar, fishing license and extra activities.
*For guests wishing to have their own room at the lodge (please note, you may have to share a bathroom with other guests), there is a single supplement charge of 25% of ride price.
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case USD, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in US dollars?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
Regional return flights from Vancouver to Chilko Lake are included in the cost of your ride. The flight is approximately 2 hours. Please note the strict regional flight luggage limit is 18kg maximum. Soft luggage only, no hard suitcases please.
Vancouver to Chilko: depart 9.30am (check in 40 minutes prior to departure)
Chilko to Vancouver: depart lodge 8.30am and arrive around 1pm.
Please don’t book connecting flights from Vancouver on the final day before 3.30pm to allow for delays due to weather conditions as well as enough time to transfer between airports and clear customs.
FURTHER READING & VIEWING:
Get to know your host and guide, Karen McLean, by reading a blog interview here.
Chances are you are going to be flying in and out of Vancouver and will have a day or two to spend in this magical city. Click here to read our blog post on what to do and where to eat.